I am 52 years old and a female. I was in the process of sitting down in chair, I did not know that someone had pulled my chair away from its original position. I fell onto the concrete hitting my back and left shoulder blade. I tried to catch myself with my hands, but I did not succeed. I went to a Dr. ....., D.O. I was given muscle relaxers and told that I had probably bruised and jammed my wrist, shoulder. I had pain in the center of my buttock which traveled down my leg to the outside of my ankle. I was given an order that I was ready to go back to work. Four months went by and my pain never left me. The weight of a sheet on the toes of my affected leg was very painful. I slept with that foot outside of the covers. I went back back to this doctor. I had also had b.m. that would be in my undergarments most every day. I told the doctor about the b.m. incidents and he had me take several x-rays. Then I was told that I had DDD. Physical therapy began at this point. Heat, Electrical stimulation, exercises. My pain only increased. The Dr.....D.O. recommended that I have a MRI. Before the MRI, the physical therapists tried neck traction. About 2 days later, I woke up during the night to go to the bathroom and almost fell to the floor. My head felt extremely heavy. I had to sit in a recliner for two days. I had the MRI after traction was applied. The MRI showed that I had several bulges and protrusions in the Cervical spine and two bulges in the THoraci area. Also two annular tears were found in the Lumbar spine with bulging disks also. I have not seen a neurosurgeon yet. I was seen by an orthopaedic surgeon who gave two choices. First, I had to decide which one hurt the most, the neck or back. Then whether or not to have steroid injections or surgery. I then asked for a second opinion. I was sent to a physiatrist who also was pushing steroid injections. I have been requesting a neurosurgeon without any results as of yet. I am experiencing popping in neck followed by extreme heaviness in my head and such a strange feeling in my head. My neck feels tight with pain not only radiating down my arm but also shooting across to the opposite shoulder now. The center of my back is now hurting also. I have wanted a neurosurgeon, should I settle for less than the original doctor suggested???Please help me, I don't want to get older with more problems, aches, and pains. Why I am I not referred to a neurosurgeon??? The pain is radiating up the back of neck to ears and the upper back of my head. I am afraid if I wait much longer that more lasting and serious damage, possibly irreversible.
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